J.D. Davis knocked his first two home runs for the New York Mets on Saturday, promptly shutting me up for questioning his spot in the team’s lineup.
It hasn’t been easy to see J.D. Davis in the cleanup spot for the New York Mets on a regular basis this season. However, his spot at number four in Saturday’s game was met with some early-morning sports hate. Jeff McNeil is dealing with a knee issue, giving Davis yet another start.
The problem was Davis’ .150 batting average and continued slumping this year. Wilson Ramos, who entered Saturday with the league’s best batting average, slotted in at number five. Michael Conforto, who already had three home runs versus Patrick Corbin, fell to number six.
Well, after many of us spent our Saturday mornings trying to not swear too harshly over this decision, Davis went out and smacked a pair of home runs against Patrick Corbin. Conforto added another shortly after Davis hit his second.
On behalf of everyone who didn’t like seeing him in the four-spot, we’re sorry Mr. Davis.
This doesn’t change things going forward, though. He’s not going to blast home runs every game. However, this will hopefully boost his confidence and help turn him into the dangerous weapon against lefties the team hoped he could become. What’s more, the home runs were both solo shots. It doesn’t matter where he was hitting. The runs counted for only a single run each.
Davis did a lot of damage in the minor leagues last year in years prior. Clearly ready to graduate from Triple-A, the question has been whether he can stick around in the show on a permanent basis. A two-home run day after a weak start to the year doesn’t indicate in either direction which way his season is headed. Thankfully, it does provide a favorable storyline for a guy who hasn’t had many favorable moments thus far this season.
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At least in this instance, the Mets were right to go with their gut, or more likely their analytics, and put Davis in the four-hole. It’s just a shame nobody was on base to enjoy the home runs with him. Perhaps next time he’ll bring some friends home with him.